Past events

About the seminar 

Spring 2016

15. 1. Salla Raunio, The Image Ontology of Timaeus

22. 1. Peter Myrdal, Leibniz on Motion and Force

29. 1. Lilli Alanen, Personal Identity, Passions and Hume’s ‘True idea of the Human mind’

5. 2. Heikki Haara, Limitations of Individual Rationality and Habitual Socialization in Pufendorf

12. 2. Sonja Schierbaum, How to account for free action? Some problems of Crusius’ voluntarism

19. 2. Miira Tuominen, TBA

4. 3. Harry Alanen, Aristotle and the Philosophy of Action

18. 3. Timo Kaitaro, Man as an artefact: La Mettrie’s and Diderot’s philosophical anthropology

8. 4. Adriana Luna-Fabritius, Imagination in Early-modern Neopolitan Perception Theories

22. 4. Olli Koistinen, Worlds

13. 5. Sami Pihlström, TBA

20. 5. Ericka Tucker, Spinoza on Relational Autonomy

27. 5. Erik Eliasson, TBA

Fall 2015

27. 8. Enrico Pasini (Università degli Studi di Torino): ‘Leibniz Between Platonism and Aristotelianism’

9.10 Mikko Yrjönsuuri, ‘Henry of Ghent on self-interest’

16.10 Simo Knuuttila, ‘Medieval Discussions of Limit Decision Problem’

23.10 Markku Roinila, ‘Locke and Stickgold on Activity of Mind in Dreaming’

6. 11. Vili Lähteenmäki & Christian Barth: ‘Conscientia and Self-Knowledge in Descartes’

13.11 Mika Perälä, ‘Aristotle on perception, illusion, and hallucination’

20.11. Pauliina Remes, TBA

27.11 Matti Saarni, ‘Kant on the Objectivity of Colors’

4.12 Valtteri Viljanen, ‘Spinoza on Activity, Passivity, and the Power of the Emotions’

Spring 2015

13. 2. Jan Forsman (University of Tampere): The Scholastic & the Layman – The Meditator’s Persona in Descartes’s Meditations.

27. 2. Salla Raunio (University of Turku): Ideaalisuus Platonin Valtiossa.

6. 3. Hanne Appelqvist (University of Helsinki): Torailevien ystävysten leikistä: Mitä merkitystä estetiikalla on tiedon mahdollisuudelle.

27. 3.  (note! in A112) Mikko Posti (University of Helsinki): Divine providence, Fate and Determinism in the Late Ancient Schools of Philosophy.

10. 4. Markku Roinila (University of Helsinki): Varhaismoderni filosofia.

17. 4. Raffaella de Rosa (Rutgers University): Descartes and the curious case of the origin of sensory ideas.

24. 4. Vili Lähteenmäki (University of Helsinki): Metaphysics of Locke’s ‘State of Sensibility’.

30. 4. (note! thursday; in A112)  Aino Lahdenranta (University of Jyväskylä) & Heikki Haara (University of Helsinki): Pufendorf and Smith on the Desire for Esteem.

5. 5. (note! tuesday 2-4 pm) Adrian Craiutu: Finding Happiness in Unusual Circumstances

8. 5. Erik Eliasson: Plutarch on Fate and Human Agency


26. 9. Tuomas Tiainen (University of Turku): Self-interest and moral sense as sources of normativity in moral philosophy of David Hume

10. 10. Timo Kaitaro (University of Helsinki): 18th-century French materialism clockwise and anticlockwise

7. 11. Miira Tuominen (University of Jyväskylä): Concern for oneself and for others in Porphyry’s Ethics of an Abstinence

14. 11. Mika Ojakangas (University of Jyväskylä): The voice of conscience

28. 11. Jani Hakkarainen (University of Tampere): Hume on the Unity of Spatial Composites

5. 12. Ville Paukkonen (University of Helsinki): Berkeley’s eudaimonistic ethics

19. 12. Valtteri Viljanen (University of Turku): Spinoza’s conatus theory


19.2.2013 Joseph Almog (UCLA): God, Nature, and Man(Self) in Spinoza vs. Kant

26.3.2013 Andreas Blank (Universität Paderborn): D’Holbach on Self-Esteem and International Justice

23.4.2013 Jan Forsman (Tampere): Descartes and the suspension of judgement

14.5.2013 Ericka Tucker (Helsinki/California State Poly Technic University): Reason and Emotion in Spinoza’s Social Philosophy

28.5.2013 Adrian Walsh (New England/Helsinki): Jeremy Bentham’s Defence of Usury

27.8.2013 Keota Fields (University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth): The Normativity of Meaning and Berkeley’s Externalism

10.9.2013 Peter Myrdal (University of Uppsala): Political Community, Nature, and Conflict: Leibniz vs. Hobbes

17.9.2013 Vili Lähteenmäki (University of Jyväskylä): Locke and Active Perception

1.10.2013 Julie Klein (Villanova University): Human Freedom and Intellection in Descartes and Spinoza

14.10.2013 (NB: MONDAY) Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton College): Rules for the Dissolution of a Friendship: Aristotle and Wollstonecraft on Marriage and Virtue Friendship

29.10.2013 Juhana Toivanen (University of Jyväskylä): Flying Men and the Man before the Creation: Some Medieval Thought Experiments in Context

12.11.2013 Dominic O’Meara (Universität Freiburg): Idealism’s Politics: Berkeley and Ancient Platonism

19.11.2013 Tzuchien Tho (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften): Potentia, Actio, Vis: the Problem of Causality in Leibniz’s Dynamics

3.12.2013 Aino Lahdenranta (University of Jyväskylä): Adam Smith on the Spontaneous Judgement of Propriety


24.1.2012: Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere), “Why Hume Cannot Be a Realist”

10.2.2012 (Friday, 10-12, Porthania 617): Donald Rutherford (San Diego), “Hobbes and the Language of the Laws of Nature”

21.2.2012: Mikä Perälä (Jyväskylä), “Aristotle’s Direct Realism”

28.2.2012: Markku Roinila (Helsinki), “Leibniz, Electress of Sophie and disinterested love”

14.3.2012 (Wednesday, 14-16, Mainbuilding lh. 11): Michael Gill (Arizona), ”Moral pluralism in Hume and Smith”

10.4.2012: Juhana Lemetti (Helsinki), “The distinction of natural and artificial in Hobbes and Pufendorf”

17.4.2012: Heikki Haara (Helsinki), “Psychological and Sociological Implications on Samuel Pufendorf´s Concept of Sociability”

15.5.2012: Eero Salmenkivi (Helsinki), “The Geometrical Example of Hypothetical Method in Plato’s Meno (86e-87b)”

18.5.2012: Valtteri Viljanen (Turku), “Spinoza on virtue and eternity”

29.5.2012: Pauliina Remes (Uppsala), “How exactly is perception active? Two platonic suggestions in antiquity”

18.9.2012: Pauliina Remes (Uppsala), “How exactly is perception active? Two platonic suggestions in antiquity”

24.9.2012 Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University), ” Hume and Condillac on pain, pleasure, and consciousness”

9.10 Juhana Toivanen (Jyväskylä), “Freedom and individualism in medieval political philosophy”

23.10.2012 Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere), ” Hume on spatial relations/properties”

20.11.2012: Jan-Ivar Linden (Helsinki), “Aristotle on deliberation”

27.11.2012: Mika Perälä (Helsinki), ”Aristotle on singular thought”.

4.12.2012 Alan Coffee (Kings College London), “Slave narrative and the republican tradition”

11.12.2012: Jari Kaukua (Jyväskylä), A closed book: Opacity of the human self in Mullâ Sadrâ


8. 2. Toomas Lott (Tartu): Thought and its relation to ousia in Plato’s Theaetetus 185A-186E

22. 2. Juhana Lemetti : Hobbes on imagining taste, touch and smell

Experiential or sensory imagination is often identified with vision and, sometimes, also with hearing. The rest of the sense modalities are assumed to work in the same way. This paper studies this claim in the context of Thomas Hobbes’s account of imagination, but the discussion may have some significance to other early modern empiristic theories of mind and imagination.

15. 3. Vili Lähteenmäki

22. 3. Ari Korhonen: Kant ja ymmärryksen esimerkit

29. 3. Minna Koivuniemi: Mind-Body Union in Descartes and Spinoza – What did they agree on, What didn’t they?

5. 4. Jani Hakkarainen: Hume on the Unification of Complex Entities

19. 4. Ilmari Jauhiainen: On the road to divinity – Hegel and the proofs of God’s existence

26. 4. Jari Kaukua: Self-awareness in Avicenna, Suhrawardi and Mulla Sadra

10. 5. Valtteri Viljanen: Spinoza on Activity in Sense Perception.

17. 5. Pauliina Remes:

27.9 Tom Stoneham (York),”On being unreasonable: the character of Lysicles in Berkeley’s Alciphron”.

4.10 Tua Korhonen (Helsinki), ”Environmental ethos in Plato’s Laws”.

18.10 Jani Sinokki (Turku), ”Locke’s Theory of Meaning”.

25.10 Minna Koivuniemi (Helsinki), ”Descartes and Spinoza on the Mind-Body Union”.

15.11 Markku Roinila (Helsinki), ”Leibniz’s vectorial model of rational decision”.

29.11 Matias Slavov (Jyväskylä), ”Humeäs Critique of Metaphysics in his First ’Enquiry’”

13.12 José Filipe Silva (Helsinki), “The simplicity of the soul in medieval philosophy”.


2.3. Markku Roinila: Locke and Leibniz on single passions

9.3 Malin Grahn: Gender in ancient physics and metaphysics

23.3. Hemmo Laiho (Turku): Kant on perception

30.3 Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere): Ideas Are Ideas: Of the Ontological Status of Berkeley’s Ideas

6.4 Erik Åkerlund (Uppsala): On Suarez

20.4. Kreeta Ranki (Turku): Meier and Reimarus on Animals

4.5 Tommi Lindfors: Some remarks concerning the political philosophy of Jean Bodin

11.5 Minna Koivuniemi: Spinoza’s Imagination

28.9. Ivars Neiders (Riga Stradins University): “Notes on Socratic Egoism”.

12.10. Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere): “Hume’s Argument for the Ontological Independence of Simple Properties”.

26.10. Mikael Melan (Turku): “Aristotle and Aquinas on the Explaining Actions”.

2.11. Tatiana Artemyeva (St. Petersburg/Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies): “The Classical Plot in 18th Century Philosophy or Russian Phaedo”.

9.11. Olof Pettersson (Uppsala): “Becoming Authentic: on Discourse and Deception in
Plato’s Phaedrus”.

30.11. Miira Tuominen (Jyväskylä / Helsinki): “Knowledge and Love in Plato’s Symposium.”


24.2. Markku Roinila (Helsinki): Leibniz ja Kant parhaan mahdollisen maailman

3.3. Mirja Hartimo (Helsinki): Husserl’s Lotzean background

10.3. Jussi Backman (Helsinki): Being as presence (Parmenides B 4, 8.5-6)

17.3. Filipe Silva (Porto): Aristotle, Aquinas and Kilwardby on the geometry of the

24.3. Valtteri Viljanen (Turku): On the causal efficacy of representational content in Spinoza

17.4. Ilse Paakkinen (Helsinki): Christine de Pizan on the bodies of men and women

21.4. Laurent Jaffro (Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand): Cudworth on moral freedom

5.5. Malin Grahn (Helsinki): Tasa-arvosta Platonin Valtiossa

12.5. Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere): Hume as a trope nominalist

26.5. Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): Berkeley’s ‘New Theory of Vision’

22.9 Eero Salmenkivi: The paradox in the Meno

6.10 Mika Perälä: The Necessity of Friendship: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics 9.9

20.10 Mikko Tolonen: Hume’s case for monarchy; or, one example of how moral (or philosophical) psychology functions in early modern political thought

27.10 Jani Hakkarainen “Hume on Modal Distinction”

3.11 Tuomo Aho: Descartes on Intellectual Memory

17.11 José Filipe Silva and Juhana Toivanen: The Active Nature of the Soul in Perception: Kilwardby and Olivi.

1.12 Christophe Erismann: TBA

15.12 Tommi Lindfors: Jean Bodin, The Rise of Absolutist Theory, Really?


16.9. Miira Tuominen (Jyväskylä):Late ancient interpretations of human sociability

23.9. Timo Kaitaro (Helsinki):Nature and morality in eighteenth-century French materialism

30.9. Mika Perälä (Helsinki):Memory of sensory acts in Aristotle?

7.10. Markku Roinila (Helsinki):Hope and moral motivation in Leibniz

28.10. Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): Hylas’ parity argument

4.11. Toni Kannisto (Tampere): Kant on the matter/form distinction

11.11. Eero Salmenkivi (Helsinki): Socratic fallacy

25.11. Jussi Backman (Helsinki): Being as presence (Parmenides B 4, B 8.5-6)

2.12. Mikko Tolonen (Helsinki): Hume and pride

9.12. Malin Grahn (Helsinki): Sekstos Empeirikos ja onnellisuus vailla uskomuksia


13. 2. Martina Reuter: Yleinen ja yksittäinen 1600- ja 1700-lukujen käsityksissä kuvittelusta

20. 2. Pauliina Remes: Reversing on the order of priority: Plotinus and Simplicius on action

27. 2. Ville Paukkonen: Berkeley on human nature in passive obedience

20. 3. Timo Kaitaro: Can matter mark the hours? 18th century materialist vitalism and functional properties

10. 4. Tuomo Aho:

8. 5. Toni Kannisto: Kant’s non-Cartesian philosophy of mind

15. 5. Juhana Lemetti: Conceivability and possibility in Hobbes


17. 10. Vili Lähteenmäki “The Possibility of Animal Sentience in Light of
Descartes’ Notions of Awareness”

31. 10. Mika Perälä “Aristotle on the Perception of Perception”

14. 11. Jani Hakkarainen:

22. 11. Malin Grahn “Sexuality and Madness – A  Foucauldian reading of late Stoicism”

28. 11. Roomet Jakapi (Tartu/Turku):

12. 12. Miira Tuominen:

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